Daily Border Bulletin – Gingrich’s immigration plan in the spotlight, Romney flip flops on immigration, DOJ sues Utah and more

In today’s border bulletin, Newt Gingrich doubles down on his immigration policy, outlining in greater detail how he would reform our immigration laws.  An analysis of Mitt Romney’s stance on immigration polices over the years shows significant inconsistencies.  The Department of Justice is suing Utah over their state passed immigration law. Finally the United States and Canada are set to enter into an agreement which would allow the U.S. to track everyone entering and leaving our northern neighbor.

Gingrich’s immigration plan would give no pathway to citizenship – In a campaign stop in South Carolina, GOP Presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich discussed in great detail his plan for fixing our broken immigration system: “Gingrich outlined a seven-part plan and called for withholding federal funds from “sanctuary cities,” that don’t enforce federal immigration laws.  Gingrich also pitched a “World War II selective service model” for long-term illegal immigrants that would allow them to receive support from their communities — and remain in the country. While they wouldn’t be deported, Gingrich said they would also not receive citizenship or be allowed to vote, drawing a distinction between his proposal and amnesty.”

DOJ sues Utah over immigration law that usurps federal authority– Utah recently passed an immigration law which would require anyone arrested for a serious crime to prove their citizenship. The Department of Justice is suing the state, saying that the law usurps federal authority.  “The U.S. Justice Department filed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging Utah’s immigration enforcement law, arguing that it usurps federal authority and could potentially lead to the harassment and detention of American citizens and authorized visitors. “A patchwork of immigration laws is not the answer and will only create further problems in our immigration system,” Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement. “The federal government is the chief enforcer of immigration laws … it is clearly unconstitutional for a state to set its own immigration policy.”

Romney’s stance on immigration is all over the place – GOP Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has taken every chance available to paint himself as an immigration hardliner.  A careful analysis of Romney’s own words over the past twenty years shows some big inconsistencies in that narrative. ” Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said someone who has lived peacefully in the United States for many years with a family, a community and a job should have an opportunity to become a legal permanent resident. Mitt Romney said that sounds like amnesty. “Saying that we’re all going to say to the people who’ve come here illegally that now you’re all going to get to stay, or some large number are going to get to stay and become permanent residents of the United States, that will only encourage more people to do the same thing,” Romney said. The next day, Gingrich tweeted a link to an earlier Romney appearance, from NBC’s Meet the Pressin 2007. “Those people who’ve come here illegally and are in this country, the 12 million or so who are here illegally, should be able to sign up for permanent residency or citizenship,” Romney said at the time.

The United States and Canada enter new border agreement– The President of the United States and Canada’s Prime Minister are set to formally enter into agreement on a new border agreement.  “Canada’s new border action plan will feature a new entry-exit control system that will allow the United States to track everyone coming and leaving Canada by air, land and sea, CTV News has confirmed. The new, 32-point border action plan will be signed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and U.S. President Barack Obama when the pair meet at the White House in Washington next week.”

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